Sample Cover Letter Law Clerk Position

Legal Clerk Cover Letter

Legal Clerk Cover Letter is an important document for a fresh law graduate. A properly composed letter can give the graduate a dream start to his professional career. It is important to remember that the position of a legal clerk is used by law graduates as a starting step in their legal career. They usually take up this position before applying for a legal license. The cover letter, therefore, should demonstrate the fact that the candidate is dam serious about the opportunity.

Also needing to be depicted, is the readiness of the candidate to act as an assistant to fully qualified attorneys and judges. This involves duties like conducting preliminary research, filing documents and motions in courts, collection and filing of supporting evidence, communication with all authorities and witnesses related to a case, preparation of legal documents, interviewing witnesses and making arrangements for their stay and travel if the occasion demands so. On numerous occasions, the candidate will have to go out of the way and work way after the office timings to complete his duties. This expression of readiness is an in important part of this cover letter.

Legal Clerk Cover Letters should bring out all these skills of the candidate along with necessary traits like excellent communication, organization, and time management. The candidate will do well to bring out his decision making and discretion related skills that in almost all professions, define the difference between the competent and the ordinary. Another area that deserves special mention is the power of persuasion. On many occasions, the candidate will be required to plead with judges and other authorities. Later as a full lawyer, he has to plead with the jury and fine tuned persuasion can make a huge difference.

Here is an example of legal clerk cover letter:

Sample Legal Clerk Cover Letter

December 9, 2011

Marcus Vlaminck
2 Trinity Place,
San Antonio, TX 78212

Ruskin Broody
Junior Partner,
Mills & Bradford Law Firm,
4000 Broadway,
San Antonio, TX 78209

Dear Mr. Broody,

This is with reference to your advertisement in the "San Antonio Express", dated December 4, 2011, inviting applications for the post of a legal clerk in your reputed institution. I am a fresh graduate in law with specialization in corporate law. I am a self motivated individual. I share your strong belief in ethics in corporate governance, which is the reason for making an application with your organization.

My academic career has been excellent and I have maintained top grades throughout my studies at all levels. I have completed my graduation from the reputed Rice University, Texas. During graduation, I have been involved with case studies about corporate fraud. I have also had the fortune of informally assisting the legal team of eminent lawyer Mr. Richard Greene. The experience was profound, to say the least. It provided me with firsthand knowledge and experience of the maze of activities in the corporate world.

During this stint, I provided assistance in activities like conduction of preliminary legal research, linking different parts of a case to produce a complete presentation, interviewing witnesses and, when necessary, arranging for their transport and stay; preparation of legal documents, arranging meetings with and relaying messages and documents to related attorneys and judges, filing documents with courts, and collection of supporting evidence.

I am well aware that sometimes this job makes a person's routine variable. I have good communication, research, time management, and organization skills. If given the opportunity, I will continue to go out of the way for execution of my responsibilities. I have attached my resume with this letter. You can contact me on the telephone number or the email address mentioned above.

Yours sincerely,
(Marcus Vlaminck)

Enclosure: Resume

Legal Clerk Cover Letter should brief the recruiter of the necessary skill set that the candidate possesses. Since this position is a stepping stone to a brighter career in the legal discipline, the readiness of the candidate to take the lead in completing tasks is an essential attribute.

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The cover letter is a sample of your written work and should be brief (preferably one page), persuasive, well-reasoned, and grammatically perfect.  

A good cover letter:

  • Tells the employer who you are (e.g., a first-year student at YLS) and what you are seeking (e.g., a summer intern position);
  • Shows that you know about the particular employer and the kind of work the employer does (i.e., civil or criminal work, direct client service, "impact" cases, antitrust litigation); 
  • Demonstrates your writing skills;
  • Demonstrates your commitment to the work of that particular employer and converys that you have something to contribute;
  • Shows that you and that employer are a good "fit;" and
  • Tells the employer how to get in touch with you by email, telephone, and mail.

 Determine to whom you should address the cover letter. If you are applying to law firms, address your letter to the recruiting director. For NALP member firms, use the NALP Directory to obtain contact information. (NALP also provides a useful mail merge feature for generating multiple letters). For other employers, you can refer to their websites, or contact the office to determine to whom your materials should be directed. 

 Although there are many ways to write a cover letter, the following format has worked well for students in the past.

  • In the first paragraph of your cover letter, explain why you are sending your resume to the employer: “I am a first-year student at Yale Law School and am seeking a position with your organization for the summer 20xx.” If you are applying to public interest employers and are eligible for SPIF funding, you can mention that here.
  • Use the second paragraph to explain your interest in the employer, including your interest in the employer’s geographic location, reputation, specialty area, or public service.
  • In the third paragraph, stress why this employer should hire you. Elaborate on the qualifications that you possess that will make you an exceptional summer intern or attorney.
  • The final paragraph should thank the employer for taking the time to review your application and tell them how to reach you. You may wish to state that you will contact the employer in a couple of weeks to follow-up and then actually do so. This is especially true with public interest employers who are often understaffed and will appreciate your extra effort.

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